North Carolina State Reading Lists

2017 - 2018 North Carolina Children's Book Award Nominee

Ghost
This edition: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publication date: August 30, 2016
Ages: 10 - 99

A National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature. Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school track team, but his...

Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science
The First Computer Programmer
Illustrated by: Jessie Hartland
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: October 4, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

ALA NOTABLE BOOK AMELIA BLOOMER TOP TEN BOOK “Stanley has been delighting and informing readers with her biographies for years, and here, her...

2017 North Carolina Children's Book Award Nominee

The Blackthorn Key
(Part of Blackthorn Key)
This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: September 1, 2015
Ages: 10 - 14

Following a series of murders, an apothecary’s apprentice must solve puzzles and decipher codes in pursuit of a secret that could destroy the world in...

The Boy in the Black Suit
This edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date: January 6, 2015

A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book. Just when seventeen-year-old Matt thinks he can’t handle one more piece of terrible news, he meets a girl...

Space Case
(Part of Moon Base Alpha)
This edition: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publication date: September 16, 2014
Ages: 8 - 12

It’s a murder mystery on the moon in this humorous and suspenseful space adventure from the author of Belly Up and Spy School.Like his fellow...

2016 North Carolina Children's Book Award Winner

Gaston
(Part of Gaston and Friends)
Illustrated by: Christian Robinson
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: June 3, 2014
Ages: 4 - 8

A bulldog and a poodle learn that family is about love, not appearances in this adorable doggy tale from New York Times bestselling author Kelly...

2016 North Carolina Children's Book Award Nominee

Poached
(Part of FunJungle)
This edition: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publication date: April 8, 2014
Ages: 8 - 12

Teddy Fitzroy’s back for another zoo mystery—this time it’s a koala caper—in this action-packed follow-up to Belly Up, which Kirkus Reviews called...

Blue on Blue
Illustrated by: Beth Krommes
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: December 9, 2014
Ages: 5 - 8

Discover the joys of a wild rainstorm in this poetic picture book, illustrated by a Caldecott Medalist.Join a farming family as they experience the...

Some Bugs
Illustrated by: Brendan Wenzel
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: March 4, 2014
Ages: 4 - 8

Get the buzz on bugs in this picture book from Angela DiTerlizzi!Grab your magnifying glass!Find your field guide!And come hop, hide, swim, and...

Anybody Shining
This edition: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publication date: October 7, 2014
Ages: 10 - 12

Can one mistake destroy the chance of a lifetime? A girl discovers there are many ways of being true in this magnificent ode to handwritten letters and...

The Flame of Olympus
(Part of Pegasus)
This edition: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publication date: May 22, 2012
Ages: 8 - 12

A young girl, a winged horse, and a war of epic proportions make for an adventurous start to an exciting new trilogy.When Pegasus crashes onto a...

The Troubles of Johnny Cannon
This edition: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication date: October 14, 2014
Ages: 8 - 12

“A boy with a highly original voice winces his way into the bewildering world of adults during a neglected moment in American history” (Newbery...

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